Redknapp new QPR manager

Queens Park Rangers have hired Harry Redknapp after firing their previous manager Mark Hughes because the club have failed to win a Premier League game this season.

Redknapp 'optimistic' QPR can survive relegation

New QPR manager Harry Redknapp holds a shirt during a press conference at their training ground, Sipson Lane, Harlington. Credit: PA

Harry Redknapp has admitted trying to keep QPR in the Barclays Premier League will be his toughest challenge yet.

He said: "I'm optimistic we can pull it off.

"I want to be successful here, really badly. I want to keep this team in the Premier League."If the players try as hard as I am going to try we'll be successful."

Redknapp confirmed a deal was being done to bring in long-time assistants Joe Jordan and Kevin Bond to assist him.

And he warned the players he would not tolerate a lack of effort.

"We've got to do better to give ourselves any chance of getting out of this mess," he said.

"I need 11 people with ability to put effort in. If they don't they're not going to play and I'll get 11 people who do."

Redknapp 'had good luck text from Beckham'

The Telegraph's Henry Winter and the Mirror's John Cross are at Harry Redknapp's QPR press conference:

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#QPR Redknapp stresses need for players to 'run about' as he says they must take responsibility for plight. Had good luck text from Beckham

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Redknapp: Beckham could still play in Premier League

David Beckham playing for the L.A. Galaxy on July 18, 2012
David Beckham playing for the L.A. Galaxy on July 18, 2012 Credit: Reuters

New QPR manager Harry Redknapp said he believes David Beckham could still play in the Premier League and has not ruled out trying to sign him to QPR. He told the BBC:

"I'm sure he could still play in the Premier League. I've not discussed it with the chairman so we'd have to look at that."

"He's a top fantastic player."We had him training at Tottenham and it was amazing to have him round the place. He is absolute class."

Twitter reaction to Harry Redknapp appointment

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Harry Redknapp is appointed manager of QPR. Enjoyed his company in recent weeks and wish him well. #HarryHoudini

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It's a certainty Harry Redknapp will wave his magic wand at QPR and get them out of trouble. They'll do well to avoid a beating today though

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QPR chairman: Harry was the unanimous choice

QPR Chairman Tony Fernandes has revealed that the QPR board had no doubts over making a move for Harry Redknapp after Mark Hughes was sacked.

He told the club website:

Harry was our number one target, the unanimous choice of the board and we’re delighted we’ve been able to attract him to the club.

He has a proven track record in the Premier League and has all the characteristics we were looking for to get us out of the current situation we find ourselves in.

His man-management skills are second to none and we are confident he is the right man to lead us away from the bottom of the table.

We believe we have a manager with significant experience at the highest level of football, who can come in and immediately help deliver our objectives.

Redknapp: 'There’s a lot of ability in the QPR squad'

New QPR manager Harry Redknapp has spoken of his "delight" at joining the west London club on a two-and-a-half year deal.

He told the club website:

I’m delighted to be back in the managerial hot-seat at QPR.

When I spoke to the shareholders and they told me about their plans I knew this was too good an opportunity to turn down.

There’s no doubt there’s a lot of ability in the squad, but for one reason or another things haven’t gone as well as everyone expected since the start of the season.

I can’t wait to get to work and get the results necessary to kick-start our season.

Harry Redknapp hopes to be QPR boss by tomorrow

Harry Redknapp expects to be watching QPR from the stands tomorrow.

He said: "There are a couple of bits to be sorted out tonight but I've left it to other people and said I want it to happen because it's a club I want to manage.

Harry Redknapp is available following his departure from Tottenham in the summer. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"I'm looking forward to it. It's a big challenge and a tough job to take on - but I'm up for the challenge."

The 65-year-old confirmed he was hoping to travel up to tomorrow's Barclays Premier League match at Manchester United, before making Tuesday's match at Sunderland his first in charge."

Redknapp told Sky Sport news: "I'll watch the game tomorrow. I will probably travel up and watch the game in the stand.

"If everything gets sorted, and I'm sure it will, I'll be in Sunday morning, will have the team in training on Monday, then fly up to Sunderland."

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